282019Aug

Fourth Rabies Case of 2019 Confirmed in Alamance County

On August 27, the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh confirmed Alamance County’s fourth case of rabies for the year.

On August 23, Alamance County Animal Control was notified that a bat was found at a home on Amherst Street in Burlington. Alamance County Animal Control sent the bat to the State Laboratory for Public Health for testing and the bat was positive for rabies.  Five humans were exposed to the bat, including adults and children. All individuals are receiving post-exposure treatment. A dog and cat were also exposed to the bat. Both animals were up-to-date on vaccinations and will receive a booster and be under 45-day quarantine at home.

If you live in this area and have outside pets, the Health Department encourages you to examine them for any wounds that may have come from contact with this bat and notify Animal Control or the Health Department’s Environmental Health office at (336) 570-6367 if you have questions or concerns.

If you are bitten by any animal:

  • Wash the wound with soap and running water for ten (10) minutes and seek medical attention immediately.
  • Write down the location of the animal and a description of the animal to provide to animal control.  If the animal is someone’s pet, also get the owner’s name and address.  Give this information to animal control or the health department.
  • Do not try to catch any wild or stray animal

There will be a rabies vaccination and microchip clinic on September 14 at The Spay and Neuter Clinic, which is located at 1919 S. Church Street in Burlington. The cost of vaccination is $5 and microchips are $20.

Last year, Alamance County had five confirmed animal cases of rabies.

For more information or questions about rabies control and vaccinations requirements, contact the Health Department’s Environmental Health office at (336) 570-6367.